Literary Representation

As a literary agent, Kelli works closely with authors to develop book concepts, fine-tune book proposals, query editors and publishers, negotiate publishing agreements, and shepherd authors through the entire publishing process.

With an extensive network of contacts with publishers in Boston, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, and other publishing hubs, Kelli is uniquely positioned to represent authors in both fiction and nonfiction. In fiction, her taste leans toward literary and commercial. In nonfiction, she’s most interested in business, current events, finance, history, investing, and military history. That said, she’ll consider just about anything that’s beautifully written, compelling, engaging, and absorbing, as well as something that’s fresh, new, and unique.

Just about anything—Kelli’s interests generally do not include, for example, YA fiction, children’s books, genre fiction (e.g., Christian fiction, sci fi, romance, dystopian fantasy, horror), parenting, crafts/hobbies, or comics/graphic novels.

Writers seeking representation should query by email (please: no phone calls) with the following information:

  • subject/category/genre
  • estimated total word count/manuscript length
  • bio/resume/cv
  • analysis of competing/related titles
  • marketing/publicity plan for the book
  • sample manuscript (a chapter or two)
  • your contact info

In addition, your pitch should answer the following questions:

  • Why this book, right now, written by you (and no one else)?
  • What key take-aways will readers get out of your book?
  • Who is your primary audience?

If Kelli’s interested, she’ll be in touch, typically within four to six weeks. Regretfully, due to the volume of queries received, Kelli can respond only to those authors whose projects are of interest to her.

Looking for some insight into what
a good book proposal should include?

Take a look at some thoughts I shared
with the fine folks at Chicago Writers Conference:
“Three Tips for Writing a Better Book Proposal.”

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